Poll: East Ham bingo hall to close after 40 years

Gala Bingo in Barking Rd closing on November 13 after 23 years in operation.

Gala Bingo in Barking Rd closing on November 13 after 23 years in operation. - Credit: Archant

Decades on from its inception as a renowned music venue, the curtains are set to close on an iconic East Ham building.

Gala Bingo in Barking Road has called out numbers since 1991, but the site has now been sold off with eyes down for the last time on November 13.

The venue opened as the Granada Theatre in 1936, and it was converted into a Granada Bingo Club 40 years on before Gala took ownership of it

A spokesman for Gala said: “We do not take these decisions lightly. Customers will be able to use our nearby centres at Stratford and Dagenham.”

She could not confirm the new use of the venue at this stage for commercial reasons, but the Recorder understands that it is set to become a banqueting hall for weddings.


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Throughout the 1960s and 70s, top music acts including the Beatles, Cliff Richard and the Shadows and the Rolling Stones performed packed-out shows.

Comics including Bob Monkhouse and Morecambe and Wise also performed there during the theatre’s heyday.

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